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Privacy Policy - 4 Mar 2011

This is our privacy policy, and explains what data of yours we use, and how we use it. If you have any questions, you may write us at privacy@readfa.st.

What data we collect:

We collect the personal data of yours that you authorize Facebook to supply to us. This data includes your name, email address, photo, and list of friends.

We collect information on your reading through our site. This includes the full text and URL of any content that you read through our bookmarklet, and the full text of any information that you copy/paste into our product. We also record your reading speed and other information about the way in which you have read texts through our site. In addition to readings, we collect and store all other interactions that you make with our site. This includes other actions you take on the site (adding or removing other users as friends, or viewing their profiles).

When you access our site with a web browser or phone, we may collect information from that browser or phone - including but not limited to: browser type, location, IP address, and other web pages you have visited. We use Google Analytics to collect this data. You may find the relevant Google privacy policies here:

We use "cookies" - which are small pieces of information that we store for an extended period on your computer - in order to improve your readfa.st experience. Our cookies allow us to make it easier for you to log in to readfa.st, and to remain logged in. You may remove or block cookies using your browser, but it may negatively affect your readfa.st experience.

How we use this data:

We use whatever personal information you have provided through Facebook solely to create a profile for you on our site that is visible to you and your friends on the site. Your name and photo are visible to any user on the site. We do not display any other data, including but not limited to your email address, physical address, age, gender, or institutional affiliations on the site at all.

We display information on your reading to your friends - what content you have read, when you read it, and how fast you read it. We also display some information on your other site activities to your friends - whether you have added a new friend, or taken a quiz.

Data about your site visits (such as your IP address, or browser version, but NOT your name, email address, reading speed, etc.) are shared with Google through Google analytics (see Google Analytics below).

We do not share any data associated with your account to third parties. We may use your personal data in the process of conducting statistical analyses of behaviors and actions on the site and publish these analyses, or share them with third parties. In this process we will not share any information that could be used to identify individual users - i.e., we won't share your individual data with third parties, but we may aggregate it (such that your individual data is no longer identifiable) and share the products of such aggregation.

Google Analytics: This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Removing your personal data:

You may delete your account at any time. If so, we will delete any personal data of yours, though we will preserve, anonymized, data about your usage of the site.

How we protect your data:

We keep all data on a secured server behind a firewall. Note that while we are committed to ensuring the security of any data you provide us, that we cannot guarantee that our security measures will be impenetrable. We are not responsible for any third-party circumvention of our security measures.

Other Terms:

  1. Changes to the policy: If we make changes to our privacy policy, those changes will be posted at this web address. If we make material changes, we will attempt to provide you timely and prominent notice, as appropriate.
  2. Accuracy of links: We provide links to Google's privacy policy only as a convenience; we make no claims as to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained at that linked page.
  3. Responsibility for linked content: We are not responsible for the actions of third-party sites. We urge you to be careful when following links from our site; other websites may misuse your data.


  1. 'Readfa.st', 'we', 'us', 'our' all refer to Readfa.st
  2. "Personal data", "personal information", "your data", "your information", and similar terms are all used synonymously, to refer to data that we collect from Facebook about you, as well as data about your site activity that is associated with your account on Readfa.st. These terms do NOT refer to aggregations or compilations of site activity that are not associated with individual accounts.
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